The National Association of Seadogs (NAS), Pyrates Confraternity, has appealed to the Federal Government to pay compensation to victims of police brutality across the country.
The association, who made the appeal in in a statement signed by the NAS Capoon, Mr Abiola Owoaje, in Abuja on Tuesday, also called for justice for those killed during the EndSARS protests.
It called on the police authorities to order police officers and men on the street to stop shooting at innocent protesters who were expressing their human rights.
The association urged the police to provide concrete plans for the “deep and incisive reforms to replace impunity with professionalism, and truly make the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) a world-class outfit”.
It said that the police must truly match the word, “EndSARS”, with action, adding that they should not to cajole the citizens with another rubber-stamp terminology.
“We have received the announcement of the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, but the police authorities must match its word with action, EndSARS must truly mean EndSARS,” it said.
It said that NAS welcomed the idea of establishing citizens and strategic stakeholders’ forum, which would be an inclusive one, with representation from all walks of life, to work with the police in investigating alleged cases of human rights violations.
The association said that with sincerity of purpose on the part of the police command, coupled with thousands of policemen and women who performed their duties professionally, the citizens would be ever-ready to embrace the NPF as a true friend of the people.